After Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows Part 2 proved that audiences were willing to see a story split into multiple parts, every studio has been getting on the bandwagon to plug just one more movie into their franchise. We've already known we're getting two Hobbit movies, incorporating information that will bridge the film with The Lord of Rings Trilogy that so many of us no and love. But, is the Hobbit film going to be split into three films instead of just two?
At Comic Con, director Peter Jackson said in an interview with ComingSoon, regarding some new footage that he wanted to shoot,
It’s very premature. I mean we have an incredible source material with the appendices because ‘The Hobbit’ is obviously a novel but we also have the rights to use this 125 pages of additional notes where Tolkien expanded the world of ‘The Hobbit’ published at the end of ‘Return of the King’ and we’ve used some of it so far and just in the last few weeks as we’ve been wrapping up the shooting and thinking about the shape of the story, Fran and I have been talking to the studio about other things we haven’t been able to shoot and seeing if we persuade them to do a few more weeks of shooting, probably more than a few weeks actually, next year. And what form that would actually end up taking, well the discussions are pretty early. So there isn’t really anything to report but there’s other parts of the story that we’d like to tell that we haven’t been able to tell yet.
Now, that doesn't mean there another movie for sure, right? Well, he said to Hitflix two days later, when directly asked abou the posibility of a third Hobbit film.
That’s a discussion we’re having, yeah. We have certainly been talking to the studio about some of the material we can’t film, and we’ve been asking them so we can do a bit more filming next year. Which, I don’t know what would come of that, whether it’d be extended editions or whatnot. But those discussions are ongoing.
So, it certainly isn't something to bank on. More likely, we'll be getting some hardcore bonus footage, similar to what we saw with the Lord of the Rings extended editions. The best thing to hear about all of this is how much Jackson is delving into the Tolkien mythos. I've read The Hobbit, but there's still plenty of backstory that I haven't had the chance to delve into. Now, audiences everywhere can experience what only Tolkien fanatics have before. Either way, I'm stoked to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in December and The Hobbit: There and Back Again next year.